Hailee Steinfeld, Dave Franco, and Deborah Ann Woll have been offered the leads in Rosaline, a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet that’s told from the perspective of the girl Romeo ditches to be with Juliet. Michael Sucsy is directing from a script by by (500) Days of Summer writers Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber, which in turn is an adaptation of Rebecca Serle‘s forthcoming debut novel When You Were Mine. The comedy will use modern-day dialogue in a 16th-century Verona setting.

Woll would play the title character, while Franco and Steinfeld could play Romeo and Juliet, respectively. If Steinfeld signs on it’ll be her second time playing the iconic character, as she’s also lined up to play Juliet for Carlo Carlei’s more straightforward adaptation. Much as I like Steinfeld, her casting here strikes me as a bit off since she’s eleven years younger than Woll and Franco — but maybe that’s part of the story? [Showblitz]

After the jump, Anne Hathaway becomes a producer, and Sawyer from Lost explores the world of competitive international breakdancing. Really.

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Movie Trailer #2: Takers

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Before this trailer, the most memorable thing about Takers was the photoshop abortion that passed for the film’s first one-sheet. After this new trailer, that poster remains the most memorable thing about Takers, which still looks like an abandoned MTV Movie Awards tribute to Heat. Read More »

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I’d love to know what the people at Screen Gems have on Matt Dillon. Photos of him naked with a shaved bear and a jar of Vaseline? Maybe a webcam video of him going all out dancing to ‘A Stroke of Genie-us‘? Could it be Dillon making the image above in Photoshop? It’s got to be intense. How else to explain his presence in Takers, the heist movie that’s a little bit Armored and a little bit Heat. We’ve seen one trailer already; now there’s an international version that shows off a bit more of Dillon’s presence in the film, but doesn’t do a better job of selling it. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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[The following write-up is based on this new extended trailer at IMDB, although you can view the theatrical trailer above]

I couldn’t be more excited for a documentary this fall than I do this one after watching the trailer.

When I saw Religulous I was hoping it would be a successful documentary to showcase the beliefs of all those who believe in something so passionately that they are willing to die over it, start wars because of it, or believe in it enough to try and persuade others to go along with it. In my eyes the movie failed as Bill Maher cherry picked the crazies and stuck in a little commentary to go with the public finger-pointing. I was left wanting. After seeing the trailer for this I am feeling better about those who want to delve into the aspects of what it is to have faith.
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This is what happens when the Ed Hardies of the world demand a contemporary, made-for-BET version of Heat that stars lawless idiots like Chris Brown, T.I., and…Hayden Christensen thugged out in a $300 fedora and bowtie. Elegantly entitled to the chagrin of Bryan Mills, Takers, the film opens early next year. To add further insult to injury (and Michael Scott’s DVD collection), The Wire‘s Idris Elba appears to be playing the De Niro mastermind in this $20 million bank robber thriller, hence no room on the poster for co-star Matt Dillon, taking on Pacino detective duties. Take the time to see the brilliance for yourself below and then Spinja-it-out with Chris Brown defenders in the comments…

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